Why leadership development?

For centuries there has been a debate about whether leaders must be born into their leadership capacities or whether leadership can be developed in all of us. Findings from history, psychology, business and neuroscience are now clear about this: leaders grow over time, and leadership can be thoughtfully and intentionally nurtured.

At Cultivating Leadership, we have lots of ways to support that growth. Using a deep theoretical and research base combined with decades of experience we help leaders become better able to handle the complex, ambiguous, and sometimes conflict-ridden world of today. As we support leaders to grow and develop to their fullest capacity, they change their organisations and their world for the better.

How do leaders
grow?

With the right support, anyone can become better able to handle increasing amounts of complexity, chaos, and conflict. Research and practice show that it takes a combination of the right sort of challenges (which your work probably provides) and the right kind of support (that's our job to help you think about) to turn your work into a place where you can be getting better each day.

We provide this support in leadership programmes, individual and group coaching, and by facilitating meetings where we support people to think and interact in new ways. We write about these practices and teach advanced workshops to colleagues in the coaching and leadership development field.

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Upcoming Events

Conversations at the Growing EdgePrinceton, USA | 17-19 March 2015

This workshop takes participants into a new place of curiosity, listening, and questioning as they learn to explore the Growth Edge in their clients—and themselves. Learn to listen to developmental cues in your clients' conversations to create new frontiers in your ability to support them to come to new understandings about themselves and their leadership challenges.

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Psychologically Spacious CoachingPrinceton | 21 to 23 October 2014

For those who have attended Conversations at the Growing edge, Psychologically Spacious Coaching is an advanced workshop that supports coaches who want to use Growth Edge principles and practices implicitly in their coaching.

In this workshop, we create and practice new ways of using developmental ideas throughout a coaching engagement. This allows you to ask better questions and support your clients in new ways without actually conducting a complete Growth Edge Interview or preparing a formal report.

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Conversations at the Growing EdgeWellington, New Zealand | 8-10 February 2015

This workshop takes participants into a new place of curiosity, listening, and questioning as they learn to explore the Growth Edge in their clients—and themselves. Learn to listen to developmental cues in your clients' conversations to create new frontiers in your ability to support them to come to new understandings about themselves and their leadership challenges.

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Expanding Client Horizons OpenlyPrinceton, USA | 13 - 15 April 2015

An advanced workshop for participants who have completed Conversations at the Growing Edge, The ECHO workshop moves from the practice of exploring your client’s Growth Edge to actually having conversations with your clients about their growing edges and whether and how to move into a new place. In this intimate workshop. You’ll practice conducting full Growth Edge interviews and have an explicit discussion with your client about adult development concepts, the developmental journey, and the clients’ current sensemaking, paying attention to their center of gravity and their possible new horizons. We will share a model feedback report you can use with your own clients.

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Psychologically Spacious CoachingWellington, New Zealand | 16 - 18 March 2015

For those who have attended Conversations at the Growing edge, Psychologically Spacious Coaching is an advanced workshop that supports coaches who want to use Growth Edge principles and practices implicitly in their coaching.

In this workshop, we create and practice new ways of using developmental ideas throughout a coaching engagement. This allows you to ask better questions and support your clients in new ways without actually conducting a complete Growth Edge Interview or preparing a formal report.

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Writing
& books

Jennifer's book (with a chapter co-written by Keith) continues to be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the way adults grow and change over time, and beginning to take that practice seriously in organisational work. Readers have said it is, "Quite simply the best book on leadership and adult development out there."